Despite trade rumors and criticism from fans surrounding Andre Iguodala, the Sixers’ small forward made the NBA’s All-Defensive Second Team.
Iguodala has no doubt made a strong defensive presence for Philly this season and throughout his entire career. Yet, this is surprisingly the first time in his career he has been given the honor of making this team.
Doug Collins spoke about Iguodala’s defensive ability stating, “To me he’s a top-five defender. We don’t do a lot of campaigning, but I think he’s as good as defender as there is in the league.”
I definitely agree with everything Collins said here. Iguodala is one of the top defenders in the game today and every player in the league who has gone up against him will tell you that.
Iguodala missed the All-Defensive First Team to the likes of Dwight Howard, Kevin Garnett, LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, and Rajon Rondo. However, this team is decided by the 30 NBA coaches and they cannot vote for their own players.
It was reported that 10 coaches placed Iguodala on their first team, while 10 other coaches placed him on their second team, so the coaches do recognize that he is a great defender. In fact, Jrue Holiday even received one vote for the second team.
Collins also spoke out saying that being a good defender is no easy task. He described it saying “It’s all about competitive will. You have to be in incredible condition. And a big part for ‘Dre is that he spends so much energy on that end of the floor. He’s so unselfish.”
That quote by Collins really sums up the way Iguodala played this season and himself as a player.